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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 12:35 PM
saw this over at Jam Base for anyone interested:



Ornette Coleman Wins Music Pulitzer


April 16, 2007 - Ornette Coleman has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with his recording Sound Grammar, a document of a 2005 concert recorded live in Italy.

Coleman's music was not among the 140 music nominees. Pulitzer panelists used their prerogative to skirt traditional rules by purchasing the CD and nominating the 77-year-old jazz master. This is the first time a recording has won the music Pulitzer, and a first for purely improvised music.

The concert features an unorthodox line-up of instruments, including two double basses (one plucked, the other bowed), Coleman's son Denardo on drums, and Coleman himself playing alto saxophone and trumpet.

Coleman has continued to shake up the jazz world ever since releasing his innovative recording The Shape of Jazz to Come in 1959.

For the complete story go to www.npr.org


http://www.ornettecoleman.com
[Published on 4/17/2007]





[Edited on 4/19/2007 by lonomon]

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 12:48 PM
That sounds good to me for Ornette and Jazz in general, but I have a question. If "recordings" don't generally win Pulitzers for music, what does? Published scores?

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 01:29 PM
Glad to see Ornette Coleman being honored. Droogie - I was confused by reference to recorded music, also, so did a quick net search. The following from Wikipedia explains things.

"For a distinguished musical composition of significant dimension by an American that has had its first performance in the United States during the year.” Because of the requirement that the composition had its world premiere during the year of its award, the winning work had rarely been recorded and sometimes had received only one performance. In 2004 the terms were modified to read: “For a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.”


"Although the hope was that the rules changes would "level the playing field", Greg Sandow reported that the nomination materials that the Pulitzer board sent to him "sends a pretty clear message [that] classical works with notated scores are still our first priority." All of the winners since the rule changes have been academic composers, however, in 2006, a posthumous "Special Citation" was given to jazz composer Thelonious Monk. This changed in 2007 when the award went towards Ornette Coleman, a free jazz composer."

 

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